David McCandless and Stefanie Posavec collaborated on created a nice infographic that showcases the differences between the US “Right” (Conservative) & “Left” (Liberal), shown now on Information is Beautiful.
This kind of visual approach to mapping concepts really excites me. I like the way it coaxes me to entertain two apparently contradictory value systems at the same time. Or, in other words, I like the way it f**ks with my head.
His site is suffering a bit under the load, so click on the image above to see it.
via Left vs Right | Information Is Beautiful.
Over at Information is Beautiful, they dug through some of the data surrounding the controversial HPV vaccine (to prevent one of the viruses that cause cervical cancer), and created a powerful visualization showing some of the claims.
I’ve been reading a lot about the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine and the risk of serious side effects and even death. I thought I would seek out the numbers and put them in context. Especially given headlines claiming the HPV jab is “as deadly as the cancer” it seeks to prevent.
via How Safe is the HPV vaccine? | Information Is Beautiful.
Another great source of infographics and posters, this time covering environmental information from around the world, is the “Geo Data Portal”. Part of the “United Nations Environment Programme”, they’ve collected over a dozen great infographics and posters that you can download.
GEO Data Portal – The Environmental Database (search | map | graph | download).
After a week of science, care of VisWeek, I felt it’s time for a little humor. This one comes from CBS’s “How I met your Mother”, where they have an intervention for one of the characters who has an unhealthy obsession with charts and graphs.
See the video after the break.
Inspired Magazine has compiled another list of 20 infographic & visualization blogs on their site. As usual, VizWorld didn’t make the cut, but it’s still a good list.
In the tradition of Inspired Mag’s huge lists, here goes a new one – all the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place! Enjoy and leave some comments with suggestions, questions and so on.
via 20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs | Inspired Magazine.
UK’s TimesOnline has a nice infographic that shows the quantity of nuclear weapons held by various nations around the world.
Whatever they find, the world already has enough nuclear weapons to destroy every single nation on the planet. With approximately 23,000 warheads, there is enough deadly material for 2.3 million blasts the size of Hiroshima.
via Iran’s nuclear programme will not change the balance of power… yet | Michael Binyon – Times Online. via ChartPorn.
The GOOD “CEO Compensation” contest is over and the winners have been announced. First place goes to Dee Adam’s “The Top 8 of CEO Compensation”, shown above.
Dee Adams’s piece “The Top 8 of CEO Compensation” does an excellent job of illustrating the massive salaries of CEOs and relating them to regular employees in a clean and simple manner. It’s our winner, and Adams will take home our prize package, including a GOOD T-shirt, a free subscription, and $250.
Be sure to hit their website and browse through some of the other entries, some great stuff in there.
via CEO Compensation Contest Winner | GOOD. via Cool Infographics.
The periodic table has been imprinted in the minds of so many people that it’s universally known in it’s shape and use, but researchers at Microsoft believe that they’ve found a new design for the classic infographic that conveys more data such as atom size.
So why change it? According to Mohd Abubakr from Microsoft Research in Hyderabad, the table can be improved by arranging it in circular form. He says this gives a sense of the relative size of atoms–the closer to the centre, the smaller they are–something that is missing from the current form of the table. It preserves the periods and groups that make Mendeleev’s table so useful. And by placing hydrogen and helium near the centre, Abubakr says this solves the problem of whether to put hydrogen with the halogens or alkali metals and of whther to put helium in the 2nd group or with the inert gases.
via Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: A New Graphical Representation of the Periodic Table.
Mint has a new infographic from WallStats that breaks down some of the common “gotchas” on Credit Card & Store Card reward point programs.
Reward points programs can turn saving money on the purchases you make seem like a game. But the game you’re playing is more like skee ball than frisbee. Playing for points means you’ll be tempted to buy things you can’t afford just to acquire points. But even worse is the fact that the game is rigged before you even begin. Most people will never acquire enough points to pay for the luxury items they desire. And many reward programs are deliberately deceptive in describing how they work. Not all points are created equal and some are downright worthless. Our guide to reward points programs will teach you the tricks you need to be a points ninja.
via Reward Points: The Real Deal | MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice.
The Associated Press has updated their Economic Stress Index Breakdown by County Infographic with new data from August 2009. Simply browse over the map to see unemployment, foreclosure, and bankruptcy statistics for the current month compared to October 2007. In addition you can click on the headers across the top to see individual statistics, or enable a slider allowing you to see the results for any month in the last 2 years.
Associated Press Interactive: AP Economic Stress Index.